President's Report— 1982
The creation, establishment, maintenance and operation of junior colleges is hereby
authorized. They shall offer to students, who have completed not less than 15 high school units,
courses correlated to those of senior colleges or professional schools, and they shall offer
education and training preparatory for occupations such as agriculture, industry, business,
homemaking, and for other occupations on the semi-professional and vocational-technical level.
They may offer courses and services to students regardless of their previous educational
attainment or further academic plans.
In addition to the foregoing the junior colleges shall provide, through courses or other
acceptable educational measures, the general education necessary to individuals and groups
which will tend to make them capable of living satisfactory lives consistent with the ideals of a
Meeting of Trustees of A.H.S. — June 8, 1949
The Board of Trustees of the Coahoma County Agricultural High School held a meeting on
the above date with the following members present: Cauley C. Williams, J. P. Fisher, Harris
Barnes, Jr., and Frank D. Robinson.
After considerable discussion it was ordered by the Board that the thirteenth year of work be
added for this session and that the fourteenth year of work be added for the 1950-51 session if
practicable. It was also ordered that the name of the institution should be changed to Coahoma
Junior College and Agricultural High School.
It was further ordered that the sum of $4000 should be expended for the purpose of building a
combination auditorium and gymnasium, these funds to be supplemented by private
subscription and other sources. It was further ordered that the Board of Supervisors be
requested to make a loan of $6,000 for the purpose of paying teachers' salaries and other
operating expenses in anticipation of taxes, this loan to be made sometime after July 1, 1949.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned.
McKinlev C. Martin, Phd.
The year 1982 represented a period in the
history of our nation of self renewal and
reductions in the rate of business and
industrial growth. Further, communities
throughout the nation engaged in self
assessment programs designed to maximize
the impact of local resources on the quality of
life of their residents. Still, other communit-
ies and municipal governments found them-
selves deadlocked in a battle for survival.
As President of Coahoma Junior College, I
observed many of the trends for 1982
affecting communities served by the College.
Having made note of my observations
regarding 1982, and to say that it was a good
year would sound unbelievable; yet, I must
say that Coahoma Junior College during 1982
In 1980, the College embarked on a plan of
managerial revitalization which enabled it to
withstand many of the devastating blows that
retarded growth in our country.
Recognizing that the principle role of a
junior college is to serve those citizens within
its community, as early as 1980 our course of
action was clear. We established goals of
service to our community and have followed
them to date. The results of the plan of action
taken are reported herein.
The activities of the year were most
gratifying as I attended a reception at the
home of Vice President George Bush and a
Black College Day program at the White
House where President Ronald Reagan add-
ressed Black College Presidents. During the
year I received five individual awards:
Band Support from the students and band
The Vernon Dahmer Award from the
NAACP for Outstanding Contributions to
the Service of Children and Elderly
The Person of the Month Award from the
Perculator Club of the Chamber of
Commerce and Industrial Foundation
Boy Scouts of America President's Club for
Outstanding Contribution (fiscal and
service) to the area Scouting Program
Outstanding contribution to City of Jones-
town from the Mayor and Board ,of
Thus one can only say thank you to those
members of our Board of Trustees, commun-
ity, alumni, students and faculty for your
support in helping us to better serve the
needs of our community.
Board Members Honored
(Clockwise from upper left)
Dr. Martin presents Marvin Sigmon 25 year Service
Dr. Martin dedicates yearbook to Mr. Sigmon.
Board president Marvin Sigmon awards Service
Plaque to retiring members Malcolm Commer, Sr.,
and (lower left) Harold Simmons.
Marvin Sigmon reads plaque at dinner attended by
college staff, board members, and local elected
A New and More Deliberate Liaison With Industry,
Feeder Schools, and Transfer Institutions."
In acknowledging the fact that before an institution can fully serve its clients it must
understand them and know their needs, Coahoma entered the business and industrial
communities in search of a partnership.
To better understand the community and its needs, College administrators sought and were
granted involvement in the business sector through the Chamber of Commerce and Industrial
Foundation. As a result of more than two years of service, the President of the College was
elected to boards of both entities. It was with the acquisition of board level involvement that the
College formed a bond with the business community. Through the new partnership
arrangement, the resources of the College were made available to assist the business
community in solving the economic problemsof the general community.
Through mutual sharing, the College and business sector engaged in its first joint venture,
the development of business and industry promotional presentations. For the first time in the
history of the College and its community, business and education formed an alliance to improve
the overall quality of life for residents in the Northwest Delta Region. Although the new
partnership is in its infancy stage, the College expresses its full commitment to a long and
As business and education continue to work together to resolve the economic and educational
problems of the region, the College in addition to serving its traditional public has sought relief
for those persons seeking a quality education through efforts in acquiring federally sponsored
programs. Sixty women who are primarily heads of households are enrolled in a career
enrichment program that is designed to upgrade and train women in non-traditional careers.
In recognition of the overwhelming odds that students face in adjusting to our rapidly
changing environment, Coahoma-in providing academic services-approached the problem of
adjustment with a multilevel strategy. First, the college continued its efforts to upgrade the
literacy level of persons seeking an education through its General Education Diploma (GED)
and Test Awareness Program. During 1982, 813 persons were administered tests and provided
short term services as test awareness. The testing services enabled many persons to improve
their job opportunities through improved credentials. In addition to improving opportunities for
upward job mobility, many students serviced by the program were able to enroll in the regular
academic and vocational technical programs.
Having observed the absence of or inadequacy in reading and studying skills of many
students who enter the college from different rural settings, the college continued its special
program in reading and study skills. Using test results as a basis for placement into the courses
conducted in the reading and study skills lab, a total of 600 students received services in 1982.
The general academic program of the college continued to expand during 1982. Cooperative
relations were established with several senior colleges to provide access for graduates to a
variety of upper division college programs. Particular emphasis was given the preprofessional
programs. Coahoma entered discussions with Mississippi Valley State, Jackson State,
Mississippi Delta, and Texas Southern University regarding program compatibility and credit
transfers. Programs in law, pharmacy, and business were of primary concern in the discussions.
As a result of program comparisons, Coahoma's programs were found to meet or exceed all
standards and requirements for entry into upper division programs in related institutions.
Vocational — Technical
In addressing the needs of business and industry in the Northwest Delta Region,
Coahoma during the 1982 calendar year offered a variety of developmental courses and
programs. Noticeable among offerings were programs in business related technologies
which employed an increasing amount of computer technology. Additionally, the increasing
technology employed in farm industries served as an indication for college planners to
pursue new offerings in farm and diesel mechanics.
Case representatives present diesel engine.
Expanding upon a course of improved technology for the training environments, the
college upgraded its equipment holdings in several key areas of technology. The Drafting,
Electronic Technology, and Secretarial Science programs and all vocational programs -
machine shop, automotive mechanics, auto body and fender, brickmasonry, carpentry,
farm mechanics and diesel, cosmotology and barbering, clerk cashier, air conditioning and
refrigeration, and industrial wiring received additional equipment to enhance program
offerings valued at nearly two-thirds of a million dollars.
Students program computerized drill press
Consistent with improvements in the
aforementioned programs, enrollment in
the vocational-technical areas increased
by 43 percent. Technology upgrading
was achieved through a collaborative
effort between the college, State govern-
ment and donations from industry. To
enhance agri-business interests, a trac-
tor was donated by the Case Tractor
Company and a 1982 model automobile
was received from General Motors to
train our students in electronic systems
and diesel machinery. Additional equip-
ment was supplied by the Mississippi
State Vocational Division of the State
Department of Education.
Mississippi Power and Light meets with local
businessmen at Vo-Tech Center
Meeting with local ministers to discuss
building and fundraising plans.
Department of Housing &
College gets together national and local
officials, City Commissioner Kirney
McNeil meets Department of Housing
and Urban Development representative
Housing and Urban [HUD]
Coahoma was awarded a pilot grant
from the Department of Housing and
Urban Development to provide technical
assistance to small rural communities.
The grant was awarded in Washington
by HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce.
The HUD grant focused on technical
assistance for small communities in
applying for funds available through
HUD. Additionally, the College also
provided support services to towns in
aiding them in the development of their
management operations. Coahoma re-
ceived one of eleven grants awarded
nationally-- the only school in the state of
Mississippi, and the only two-year school
in the country recognized to do this
The towns presently served by the
program are: Coahoma, Friars Point,
Gunnison, and Jonestown.
Casey Mann, HUD Representative.
IDEA Comes to Coahoma
Coahoma Junior College was selected as the first college in the United States to receive a
pilot program to help women over 35 years of age prepare themselves for employment in a
non-traditional field. Funded by the Department of Labor (Women's Bureau), the IDEA--
Individual Development and Entrepreneurial Activities Program--- presently serves some
sixty women who according to national standards are considered underemployed or
The formal announcement of the grant was made on
October 26, 1982 by Dr. Lenora Cole Alexander, director
of the Women's Bureau of the Department of Labor at a
banquet hosted by Coahoma Junior College in Jackson.
Dr. Alexander noted in making the grant announcement
that Mrs. Clinton Wright would serve as technical
assistance advisor in the implementation of the program.
The IDEA program, in seeking to serve the special
needs of its participants, provides through the college a
day care program services for its participants. Recogniz-
ing that many of those persons eligible to participate in
the program are still in the child bearing and caring
phase of their life, day care services were made an
essential part of the program design. Through the
provisions of Special Support Services, the college
increased the number of program participants from the
proposed level of 35 participants to over 60 active
Women involved in the program are currently pursuing careers in the areas of carpentry,
construction, masonry, welding, law enforcement, paramedic technology, industrial wiring,
and entrepreneurial skills. In addition to those areas, women are also venturing into areas
of drafting and electronics technology.
Staff members and first enrollees review application forms
for IDEA Program, the first of its type in the United States
Student Services and Activities
The band performes in Clarksdale at Homecoming
Fletcher Shaw, student government president, pays
tribute to Darlene Reddix, Miss Coahoma Junior
College. Fletcher is an electronics major, a drum major
in the band, and director of the Gospel Choir. Darlene is
majoring in business and is the band's head majorette.
The newly formed C.J.C. Gospel Choir will display talent
as well as aid recruiting efforts
ZEE A. BARRON
The Student Union provides a student living room,
recreation, and houses the Counseling Center, Financial
Aid Office, cafeteria, and Student Services Office.
The Pre-Alumni Club was organized in
late 1981 and began operations during
1982. The Club seeks to foster the image
of the college and aids in recruiting high
school students. On Campus the Club
sponsors a number of student activities,
including the monthly birthday party for
The Band placed first in the largest of parades held in St. Louis.
Plant and Facilities
Housing shortages represented one of the most critical
problems faced by the college in 1982. Efforts to acquire
funding for a facility to house male students resulted in receipt
of a $1,483,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Education.
Having completed plans and the bid process, construction was
begun in November and the projected date of occupancy was
set for the fall semester 1983.
In addition to the men's dormitory, the college also
completed plans for expanding the existing vocational technical
facility. The addition will house the newly established farm
mechanics shop and other needed laboratories.
The Intensive Business lab is the show place of the
campus, being one of the most modern business labs for
high school business students in the state. It is fully
equipped with all of the traditional equipment of a
business program including computers.
The Special Vocational Skills Program in the high
school is designed to give skill training to those high
school students who are performing two grade levels
below their present grade levels. The program will run
six (6) hours per day and will be divided into three (3)
A donation from St. Louis and an
to the band.
In 1982 the band participated in a
number of parades. Each time they were
in a competitive parade, they received
the highest available award. The parades
included two showings at the Mardi Gras
in New Orleans and the Cotton Carnival
in Memphis, and the Annie Malone
parade in St. Louis. These superb
performances were rendered in street
clothing and make-shift uniforms. A
campaign has now begun to raise
$25,000 to purchase new uniforms,
including rain gear.
During the year 1982, the alumni of
the college provided support in increas-
ing members. In seeking to assist in the
development of resources to fund college
programs, the Alumni Affairs, under the
direction of Mr. Eddie C. Smith was
instrumental in increasing the number
and amounts of donation from alumni
groups, county, and industry.
As the number and strength of alumni
chapters continued to grow, the tra-
ditionally supportive chapters in St.
Louis and Chicago extended special
support to college programs. Efforts of
the previously mentioned chapters re-
sulted in sponsorship of band trips to St.
Louis to participate in the Annie Malone
parade where the band took first place.
The performance of the college band
brought both recognition and credibility
to the college and surrounding counties.
The students aided fundraising.
Memphis chapter makes a donation.
Clockwise from upper left.
Vice President Charles Reid greets
Jerome Shaw instructs parasitology class
Dr. Martin and Mr. Reid (center of
picture') lobby supervisors Alex Ross,
Left, and Jim Humber.
Computers reach the classroom.
Cooperation with Hospital.
Dr. Martin meets with high school
principals to solicit help in recruiting.
The President chats with Ms. Bernice Williams, an
Assistant to HUD Secretary Samuel R. Pierce and Mrs.
Ollie Melchor Robinzine, retired school administrator,
successful business woman, and long pme loyal
supporter of the Coahoma Junior College and Agricul-
tural High School family. Marcia, Dr. Martin's daughter,
Dr. McKinley Martin and
Ms. Bernice Williams lead
the graduation recessional
following the 1982 graduation
excercises. Also in the reces-
sional are Board President
Marvin Sigmon, members of
the staff and faculty, and
guests from throughout the
Coahoma Junior College
Coahoma Junior College
Budget for Maintenance Support for fiscal year Ending June 30, 1983
Tuition and Fees
Budgeted Budgeted Percent of Percent
1981-82 1982-83 Total Change
Businesses Making Donations to the CJC and AHS
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Phillips Record Company
Super Q Barbeque
Union 76 Service Station
Crystal Service Station
Arnold's Fried Chicken
Haggards Drug Store
Conerly Shoe Store
Semco Factory Outlet
Jo Ann Shop
Clarksdale Service Beverage Company
United Southern Bank
New Bethel Baptist Church
Bob Bobo Insurance
Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Towner
Lee Roy Gorman
Buddy Thompson (South Central Bell)
Cooper Tire and Rubber Company
Mitchell Insurance Company
Super Soul Shop
The $1,000 Club
M. C. Martin
Eddie C. Smith
Mr. and Mrs. David Roach
Lee R. Gorman
Jo Louise Brown
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Center for Non-Academic Activities